Let's Make Robots!

Sid, the clumsy housekeeper

You know I bought a Service Droid from Dagu, right? I wrote about assembling the kit here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/39518

December 15, 2013.

Review: The Service Droid kit from Dagu

I have received my Service Droid kit along with the Rover 5 robot chassis on a Monday evening. Excited, I opened up the package to reveal 2 big boxes, one with the Rover 5 and the other with the actual SD kit. The base comes assembled, with a battery box, a screwdriver (with a magnetized Phillips end), an Allen key (hex wrench) and a little bag with silicone lubricant. The droid kit comes with lots of parts grouped in separate labeled bags for easier assembly. To do the assembly, I used a cutter, a plier and the screwdriver from the Rover 5 box.

The µBipedino robot is a tiny biped with 2 servos per leg. With a 2x2" custom made main board and another one for the head, this little robot can walk, turn, … Read more

Toronto Mini Maker Faire

Hi guys, on September 21st and 22nd there will be a Mini Maker Faire in Toronto, Canada.

Is anyone from LMR attending? I would like to meet up and chat. If anyone is interested to set up a LMR booth, we can talk, cause I'm not going to do it alone. On the 22nd is my daughter's birth day, so I will be bussy with her party.

Let me know if you plan to attend!


Finaly, after years of waiting, the killer app is here: ArduinoDroid an app that allows one to program an Arduino board from a tablet or (some) phone. Yeah, now you can pack light for that robotic contest or conference, no need to carry the whole laptop, just a tiny 7" tablet that you can also use to read, watch movies, play games... or quickly tweak your sumo robot's code.

Pinokio, the robotic lamp

Someonw posted this on G+ and I hadto share it with you guys. I know you're gonna love it!


The Social drink Machine

Well, the Romanians at Robofun have built a drink mixing robot. It's not looking like the famous Bar2D2, it's looking more like a 2 axis CNC machine, but it has it's share of coolness. To order a drink, you scan the bar code with your smart phone, get to the site and choose a drink. Then wait for a bar code to be displayed on your phone, place a glass in the machine and show the bar code to the machine's webcam.

RoboVoice speech synthesizer

I just got my lastest Servo Magazine (electronic subscription) and I saw a new speech chip for a nice rethro style robot voice. This new chip, RoboVoice, is like a brother to the SpeakJet, but with a built in text to phonemes converter (800 rules database). It costs $24.99 but for the Servo readers there is a discount for the month of November so you can get it at $16.99 from SpeechChips.com: http://www.speechchips.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=22

Robotic Bee Colony


I was out for the weekend and it seems there was a lot of talk on this subject. It happened that I had one of my bee hives swarm and I had trouble retrieving it. However, this gave me a thought of changing the theme a bit: Robotic Bee Colony.